In the wake of the murders in New York and the horrific shootings in a Texas church we all are looking for answers and for healing. With that in mind this passage came to mind that I believe will be helpful to us as we see that the whole creation is so broken it is groaning for the return of Christ who will make all things right.
Romans 8: says this about present suffering and future glory
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[a] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[b] have been called according to his purpose
Job’s groping for God in the spiritual blindness he was experiencing in his loss of family and possessions did not conquer his faith. We continue reading in the twenty-third chapter as Job reasons his way from doubt to conquering faith. “Look, I go forward, but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him; When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him; When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him. But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside. I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food.” Job 23:8-12
Although we may be blinded by these and other things from seeing God with our spiritual eyes, Isaiah 55:6 tells us, “Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.” Yes, we can find God for He is not far from any one of us!
Continue to trust in God’s healing grace